Premier Peter Gutwein is providing an update on the current COVID situation in Tasmania this afternoon and has indicated that 'further measures' will be taken in the south of the state, which could include a snap lockdown.
The update comes after a COVID positive man escaped from hotel quarantine on Monday, resulting in more than 100 people heading into quarantine.
In August the state government released its plan for a lockdown, indicating that if COVID cases appeared in the community the state or parts of the state would go into an immediate lockdown.
The lockdown would be between three to five days, depending on the circumstances and depending on the advice of Public Health.
In this particular case, the COVID-positive man arrived into Tasmania and escaped from quarantine on Monday and was later picked up by police on Tuesday afternoon.
On Thursday the Bridgewater Woolworths supermarket was listed as an exposure site, with any person in that store between 3.15pm and 4.30pm on October 12 advised to isolate.
This is in addition to the flights, and airport bathrooms that were also listed as exposure sites.
Also on Thursday, two students from East Derwent Primary School were sent home from school and tested for the virus, returning negative results.
Public Health will be accessing check-in data for the Woolworths store and contacting anyone who was in that store at that time.
Mobile testing clinics have now been set up in the neighbouring suburb of Gagebrook.
The Premier will be providing an update at 2.30pm.
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